Originally Posted by Axatax
What kind of legal issue is there with timer recording?
Check the archives for a full answer (in many threads). The bottom line is that the i.link spec (IEEE-1394 extension used for DVHS among other A/V devices) specifies that the source provide the on/off timer commands rather than the sink. The source in this case is the cable box while the sink is the DVHS deck.
So, the blame for not being able to perform the timer function is actually with the manufacturer of the cable box.
The reason for this spec is it would allow multiple sources to use only a single sink. The user would only have to program the source and never touch the DVHS deck (except to change tape). All transport control would be through the tuner as if they were a single device.
Of course this implies there would be a lot of sources to choose from with properly programmed i.link ports. Didn't quite work out that way but the spec was sound.